Napoli supporters would have been waiting what feels like an eternity for this game. But finally, on Sunday at the San Paolo, they will welcome league leaders Juventus.
All the ingredients are there for a fascinating occasion in Naples. There’s a needle between the two teams, the return of Juventus man Gonzalo Higuain and, perhaps most importantly of all, a chance for the home side to haul themselves back into the race for the Serie A title.
Indeed, for Juventus this is arguably the biggest obstacle between them and what would be a sixth league triumph in a row. Massimiliano Allegri’s side currently lead Roma, in second place, by eight points and Napoli by 10; the gap to the capital club could be chopped down to five come kick off on Sunday night.
Napoli won’t believe they’re quite out of this one yet either. Maurizio Sarri’s men would be disappointed to have fallen out of the Champions League in the round-of-16 against Real Madrid, but there’s still positivity at the San Paolo. This is a vibrant team the supporters evidently believe in.
Those same fans will make for a stirring atmosphere too, although expect a fair degree of hostility to be aimed in the direction of Higuain. The Argentina striker irked the Partenopei supporters when he left Napoli, where he was previously idolized, for Juventus in the summer and will return to his former stomping ground for the first time.
With invective certain to fly his way, the Juve No. 9 will be desperate to show his class on this massive stage. He’s already come back to haunt his former side this season too, netting the winner in a 2-1 victory at Juventus Stadium in the reverse fixture.
Where to watch the game on US TV and streaming
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 2:45 p.m. (ET), 11:45 a.m. (PT), 7:45 p.m. (BST)
US TV: Not televised live. Will be shown on tape delay from 6-8pm ET.
US Streaming: Live from 2:45pm ET on beIN SPORTS Connect and fuboTV (7-day free trial)
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When Napoli made the decision to sell Higuain last summer there were big doubts about how they’d replace his goals, with a staggering 36 netted in the league last season. But Sarri has made the Partenopei a much more functional team.